Junius Rochester, a lifelong resident of Seattle, has traveled and studied the Columbia River Gorge, the Snake River, and surrounding country for over 40 years. Author of several books on the history of the Pacific Northwest and numerous articles for local and national publications, he is the former regional historian at KUOW-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in Seattle. Many of his historical essays can be found on HistoryLink.org, an internet encyclopedia where he has been senior editor and writer for twelve years. In 1995, Junius was given a Project Award by the Association of King County (Seattle) Historical Organizations and the King County Landmarks and Heritage Commission. In 2006, he received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).